Friday, April 04, 2014

No seder in Cairo this year

 Nadia Haroun z"l, the community's youngest member, died on 6 March

The Jewish Community Council of Cairo is mourning its past president and youngest member. It will therefore forego its community Seder this year, the Jerusalem Post reports. There are estimated to be just 15 Jews in Egypt.

An announcement in the Bassatine News, the community chronicle published by the JCC states: “For the JCC and our tiny community these have been a very difficult 11 months. In that short period we lost both our long-time serving president, Carmen Weinstein, and our newly elected vice president Nadia Shehata Haroun. The latter was the JCC's youngest member. Understandably we shall not be celebrating Passover at Adly Synagogue (Chaar Hashamayim) this year in view of the community being in mourning for its very recent loss. We shall however keep you informed regarding the next high holidays. Thank you for your understanding.“

Nadia Shehata Haroun who died on March 6, was the sister of JCC President Magda Haroun who was elected following the death in April, 2013 of long serving JCC President Carmen Weinstein, who though very ill continued to bring the community together at Adly Synagogue and to invite diplomats and Jewish tourists to attend Seder and Rosh Hashana community dinners. She presided over her last Seder less than a month before her death.
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